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German freelancer held by Assad regime

first_imgNews May 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 German freelancer held by Assad regime Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more Related documents 130513_cp_armin_wertz_ar-2.pdfPDF – 244.07 KB SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns German freelance journalist Armin Wertz’s detention by the Syrian authorities since 5 May. Shortly after his arrest by government forces in the battle-torn city of Aleppo, Wertz sent an SMS to a friend from his mobile phone saying the police were holding him. He asked the friend to notify his family but not make his detention public.He sent another message yesterday expressly asking for help and reporting that he was about to be transferred along with other detainees to Latakia, a coastal city under government control. The German foreign ministry and Reporters Without Borders were alerted.Born in 1945, Wertz is nowadays normally based in Indonesia, where he reports for various media including the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel. He had gone to Syria to cover the civil war and, in particular, the situation of refugees, for two Asian newspapers.A spokesman for the family of James Foley, a US journalist missing since 22 November (LINK), meanwhile reported on 3 May that he is also being held by the Assad regime. German journalist Billy Six spent 12 weeks being held by the Syrian authorities before finally being released on 5 March.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of all Syrian and foreign journalists currently detained in Syria. At least 22 professional journalists and 18 citizen-journalists are currently held. News Receive email alerts Organisation Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, January 1 – January 7, 2017

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf continued his “Jobs that Pay” initiative by visiting WebpageFX in Harrisburg. He also announced new jobs coming to Franklin, Lackawanna, and Clinton Counties.The governor congratulated members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly as they were sworn-in on Tuesday.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf attended the memorial service for State Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty on December 30, 2016.On Thursday, the Wolf Administration’s work on the “It’s On Us PA” campaign to end campus sexual assault was highlighted at a White House Summit. Pennsylvania’s Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera was able to attend and outline the progress the administration has made since the campaign was launched last year.Governor Wolf released a statement on the Department of Corrections’ decision to close two prisons in a cost savings effort.Governor Wolf will also attend the opening ceremony for the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show on Saturday.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 1 – January 7, 2017Tuesday, 1/3/17Governor Wolf Announces 157 New Jobs with Ventura Foods Expansion in Franklin CountyGovernor Wolf Congratulates Members of the General Assembly as They are Sworn-InWednesday, 1/4/17Department of Human Services Kicks Off Supporting Families Initiative by Awarding Regional GrantsOn “Jobs that Pay” Tour, Governor Wolf Visits WebpageFX in HarrisburgGovernor Wolf Announces 74 New Jobs with LBP Manufacturing LLC Facility in Lackawanna CountyGovernor Wolf Announces Statewide Development, New Jobs Through Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority ApprovalsGovernor Tom Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags to Remain at Half-Staff in Honor of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon WeaverThursday, 1/5/17‘It’s On Us PA’ Campaign to Combat Campus Sexual Assault Highlighted at White House SummitFriday, 1/6/17Governor Wolf Awards 1.35 Million in Innovation and Expansion Project ContractsGO-TIME: 4G Laptops Making Pennsylvania Agriculture Department’s Consumer Protection Work More EfficientGovernor Wolf Statement on Department of Corrections Cost-Saving MeasuresGovernor Wolf Announces First Quality Tissue to Expand Creating 184 New Jobs in Clinton CountyHighlights from The BlogGovernor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Franklin County with Expansion of Ventura Foods (Round-Up)Highlights from TwitterThe Capitol lights are dark except for a thin blue line to honor fallen @PaStatePolice Trooper Landon Weaver. May he rest in peace. -TW pic.twitter.com/po5b9acVWk— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 1, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf January 06, 2017 This new year, we’re resolute on continuing to fight for our schools to ensure all of PA’s children are getting the education they deserve. pic.twitter.com/e96Urvytit— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 3, 2017 Governor Wolf’s Week, January 1 – January 7, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

​Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Greater Manchester funds sue VW

first_imgThe Hessian finance minister, Thomas Schäfer of the centre-right Christian democrats (CDU), said it was the government’s fiduciary duty to reclaim losses caused by “bad crisis management and lacking investor disclosure”.Baden-Württemberg, which in total has €5.2bn in pension reserves covering civil servants and the state’s judiciary, cited similar concerns when explaining its suit, which it so far has only filed on behalf of the €3.2bn civil service reserve managed by Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank.In a statement, the state finance ministry said it expected a suit would filed on behalf of its €2bn reserve fund for the judiciary by its external asset managers.Meanwhile, the UK’s largest local authority fund, the £17bn (€21bn) GMPF, joined a class action suit financed by Bentham Europe.Covering 80 investors from 15 countries, including several European nations, the €2bn suit financed by Bentham covered investors holding nearly 20% of VW’s free float, according to Bentham CIO Jeremy Marshall.Cllr Kieran Quinn, chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, said of his fund’s decision to join the suit: “Playing our role in litigation is one way we can fulfil our fiduciary duty to maximise the fund’s returns, but we also hope there will be lessons learned from the VW scandal to raise corporate governance standards more generally.”VW’s share price dropped from €162.40 to as low as €92.36 at the beginning of October last year in the wake of the emissions scandal.It has since partially recovered and stood at €122.60 when German markets closed on 15 September.A number of large investors have filed cases against the car manufacturer in the wake of the scandal, including the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and Norway’s sovereign fund, the Government Pension Fund Global.Read more about the choices facing asset owners considering a lawsuit against VW in the current issue of IPE Volkswagen is being sued by two further German state pension funds, after the governments of Hesse and Baden-Württemberg joined Bavaria in filing suits in the wake of the car manufacturer’s emissions scandal.The German state governments announced their lawsuits the same day as the UK’s Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) joined an 80-strong class action suit looking for €2bn in damages.In separate statements from their respective finance ministries, the German states said they decided to file cases against VW at Braunschweig District Court to avoid missing the statute of limitations associated with 2015’s emissions scandal.Hesse estimates its €2.4bn reserve fund for civil servants suffered losses of €3.9m after it was revealed VW had used so-called defeat devices to mask the true level of its cars emissions, while Baden-Württemberg estimates losses of €400,000.last_img read more

Students protest construction of oil pipeline

first_imgTrevor Sochocki | Daily TrojanPeople over pipelines · The Native American Student Union, Young Democratic Socialists and Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation organized a rally to stand in solidarity with Native Americans and oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline Thursday at Tommy Trojan.Members of the Native American Student Union, Young Democratic Socialists and the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation gathered at Tommy Trojan Thursday afternoon to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil conduit passing near the ancestral lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The students hope to raise awareness of the struggles that Native Americans face as well as the environmental issues raised by the project.The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a 1,172 mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that aims to connect production areas in North Dakota to the existing pipeline in Illinois through South Dakota and Iowa in order to transport crude oil. The pipeline, if completed, would transport approximately 470,000 barrels per day. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, located in North and South Dakota, is a sovereign nation that makes decisions regarding the general welfare of its people, their property and the environment. This summer, a group of activists from the tribe filed a petition to stop the Energy Transfer Partners company from constructing a pipeline near the Missouri River in North Dakota. Ongoing protests by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters led a federal appeals court to order a temporary halt to a section of the construction on Sept. 17.“The purpose of the protest is two-fold,” said Ben Hiller, a member of the executive board of the Young Democratic Socialists. “The first is for environmental reasons, and the second is solidarity with the indigenous people of the Midwest. Approximately 35 percent of mining and oil extraction from the ground occurs on sovereign lands that rightfully belong to indigenous people.”Lynn Wang, a junior majoring in environmental studies, said that she is concerned because the pipeline represents continuous disrespect toward indigenous rights in the United States.“Their rights are seriously being infringed by the construction of the pipeline,” Wang said. “As victims of genocide, they deserve our respect and consideration. We believe that continuously working to prevent these infringements on their sovereignty is very important just to maintain the human rights they are entitled to.”For Sienna Tso, an undeclared sophomore, this issue is close to home because she is a Native American. Tso, a member of the Navajo tribe, said that because the pipeline will cross the Missouri River, upstream of its water intake pipes, the tribe fears for the safety of its drinking water.“Water is a basic human right that we need to make sure our people have,” Tso said. “[The protest] hopefully will spread the message to people on campus, because there is not a huge Native American demographic here.” According to David Delgado, a junior majoring in theatre and gender studies, the students want to stand together as a community and support Native Americans all over the country.“This is more of a display of solidarity than a protest,” Delgado said. “We are a part of this movement because so many of us go through our daily life without thinking of the true minorities of America, be that a social or cultural minority. We are bringing a national argument and a national discourse to USC.”Henry Mattei, a junior majoring in environmental studies and economics, said that he came to the protest because of his involvement as an organizing director for the Bernie Sanders campaign, an experience Mattei said opened his eyes to the issue of corporate money in politics. “I have been an environmentalist ever since I was a small kid, and for me, when we value our environment and the planet, we have to value our people,” Mattei said. “I realized that we really have to address that issue seriously. It is important to listen to people who have been standing for these rights and speaking out on these issues for a long time.”last_img read more

Trojans travel across town to take on rival Bruins

first_imgThe No. 3 USC men’s tennis team has a chance to go undefeated in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1987 as it takes on No. 9 UCLA in its final match of the regular season.Youth served · Despite his inexperience, freshman Ray Sarmiento has been instrumental in leading USC to an undefeated mark in Pac-10 play. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan Last season, the Trojans fell just short of a Pac-10 championship in a crushing 4-3 loss against the Bruins. But this year, USC could walk away with sole possession of the title, provided it can return home with a win in hand.“We’ve won a lot of big matches and we’d love to win this but we have to look at this as just another match,” said USC coach Peter Smith.The Trojans (20-2, 5-0) beat the Bruins in a full-house spectacle March 2, walking away with a convincing 5-2 victory at home in Marks Tennis Stadium.“We’ve got to do the same thing that we’ve been doing,” said freshman Ray Sarmiento. “It’s just another match so we’ve got to prepare like it. Give it all we got, because it’s our last match of the season.”Smith echoed this sentiment, insisting the team finish out the season strong despite already clinching a share of the conference crown.Smith said he is not overly concerned with records or win-streaks, though that is not stopping him from approaching this match seriously.“I don’t care to be undefeated in anything,” Smith said. “The only thing I care to be undefeated in is the NCAA tournament, because when you lose, you gain. You learn when you lose. You don’t want to lose but you also don’t want to shy away from it.”Yet ending with a win over UCLA would certainly taste sweet.“It’d mean a lot, especially winning on their court,” Sarmiento said. “It’s our rival across town.”Smith hopes his young but experienced group does not get hung up on the rivalry.“The key thing for us is don’t over-think it,” Smith said. “Go out and trust yourself and play tennis. These guys are on this team for a reason.”But the Trojans have more to come, first with the Pac-10 tournament and their eyes on the prize — a third consecutive NCAA title.“I’m thinking toward the end of May,” Sarmiento said. “That’s the big picture, that’s the main focus.”First serve is at 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.last_img read more